As a WBEZ education reporter, Linda Lutton covers schools, education and issues affecting youth.
Prior to joining WBEZ in 2008, Linda worked as a freelance reporter and radio producer in Michoacán, Mexico. Before that, she was the lead education reporter at the Daily Southtown, Linda’s reporting has appeared in the Chicago Reader, In These Times, Education Week, theChicago Tribune, and others. She has contributed radio reports to This American Life, NPR’sMorning Edition and All Things Considered, The World and Marketplace.
Linda’s investigation into a corrupt south suburban school superintendent won a national 2005 Education Writers Association first prize award for investigative journalism and a Chicago Headline Club Watchdog Award. She received a 2004 Studs Terkel Award for excellence in reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.
Linda worked on the award-winning 2013 This American Life episodes “Harper High School Parts 1 and 2,” which documented life in a high school in a South Side neighborhood racked by violence. Born and raised in Minnesota, Linda has lived in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood for 20 years. Her husband is artist-muralist Hector Duarte. Their three children attend Chicago public schools.